After two years of postponement because of the global Covid-19 pandemic, Agbiz hosted a successful biennial flagship congress at Sun City from 22 to 24 June 2022. The theme of the congress centered on "building resilience" in South Africa's agriculture and agribusiness sectors, with inputs led by distinguished speakers that provided information on the network industries, the economy, and sector-specific matters.
The output of the discussions and the breakaway sections will help enrich inputs that Agbiz will utilize to lobby for growth-enhancing policies and programmes in government and various platforms.
As with the standard practice, the Agbiz office will engage members for input in the various stages of this process. The top-of-mind issue, for example, is the prospects of collaboration on crucial infrastructure programmes, which Dr. Kgosientso Ramokgopa, during his keynote address, proposed to the industry. Agbiz, working with organized agriculture groups, such as Agri SA, will engage The Presidency on this matter and welcomes any inputs from members and industry.
Additionally, various key insights emanated from the breakaway session, which will help enrich phase two of the master plan. With the help of BFAP, Agbiz will aggregate the session's outcomes and use them as part of inputs during the process.
The congress would not have succeeded without the generosity of sponsors, exhibitors, partners, media and the organizing team. Agbiz is thankful to all these strategic partners.
Aside from significant policy matters, the delegates also got to network and reconnect with business partners during this in-person congress during the networking lunches at the social functions in the evening.
A roaring thank you to our sponsors for their generous and continued support.
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